Brantley Wins Baseball Finals Opener

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CLASS 1A: Game 1—Brantley 3, Athens Bible 1

Winning pitcher Adam Hill fired a complete-game five-hitter to shut down Athens Bible in game one of the best-of-three series which kicked off the AHSAA State Baseball Championships.

Hill used only seven pitches to set down the Trojans (28-7) in the first inning, and while Athens Bible hit the ball hard, he stayed trouble free most of the game.

Hill was picked up by a big catch in left field by Devante Porter in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jonathan Winland drove a long ball into the gap between Porter and Bulldogs center fielder Stephen Walker. Porter fell behind his teammate to catch the ball. Three straight hits led to the Trojans’ only run, but Hill got out of the inning when shortstop Anthony Gulley fielded a grounder and turned it into a doubleplay.

Chase Hall had a double and single and RBI to pace Brantley (25-10). Catcher Chris Walker had a single and RBI–driving in the second run of the game for the Bulldogs in the top of the second. Hill (3-1), who struck out one and walked one, also had two hits.

Austin Price (7-2) also went the distance allowing only seven hits, walking two and striking out eight. Catcher Jordan Pugh and left fielder Kenneth Sherrod had two hits each for Athens Bible.

The 1A Championship Series resumes at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. with game three, if needed, set for 1 p.m.